Miniature Schnauzers are described in their breed standard as smart, stylish and adaptable with an alert, reliable and intelligent temperament. They have been bred for generations to be primarily companion dogs and as a result, the modern Mini is a creature of enduring charm, full of personality, smart as a button, quick to learn and of great character.
For those of you with a preference for bigger dogs and inclined to take a pop at their smaller cousins, you have yet to meet a Miniature Schnauzer. This is a big dog in a small package, diminuitive only in size but never in stature.
Where a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen will challenge you, a Miniature Schnauzer will not. He is forgiving of your mistakes, co-operative, endlessly affectionate and very easy to train. He is sociable, both with people and with other dogs, but is inclined to guard hearth and home with a bark that can range from the expected to the supersonic! Fear not though, he is trainable.
A Mini Schnauzer wants to fit in with your family, be an active and enthusiastic member, involved to the full. His is compact and neat and his basic requirements will take up little space in the modern home. A loyal companion, he does need his human pack to be around though and depriving him of company for extended periods would be a cruelty, especially when young.
Whether just groomed, clipped or hand stripped, the Miniature Schnauzer's non-shedding coat is easy to keep clean and will not coat your carpet or bung up your hoover. However, the fact that it grows continually will mean regular appointments with your grooming table or with a professional parlour if he is to remain smart. The coat comes in four standard colours; Pepper & Salt, Black, Black & Silver and White.
In summary, this is a wonderful companion breed even for the novice owner but you should never forget that your sweet natured companion is also a proper dog.